Oral Biopsy: Principles and Practice

  • Ranganathan Kannan
Part of the Textbooks in Contemporary Dentistry book series (TECD)


Biopsy plays a key role in the investigation of malignant disorders and is the cornerstone of diagnosis and management of oral cancer and oral potentially malignant disorders (OPMDs). Histological examination of the tissue from the biopsy is the initial step in confirmation or refutation of clinical diagnoses and assists in the development of a treatment protocol for patients with oral cancer or OPMDs. In addition to this important pretreatment role, biopsies done during and after treatment are critical to establish a successful treatment outcome or to identify failures and to detect recurrences. A thorough understanding of the biopsy principles, procedures, and medicolegal issues associated with the process is imperative for the practitioner and a foundation for good clinical practice.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ranganathan Kannan
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  1. 1.Department of Oral PathologyRagas Dental College and HospitalChennaiIndia

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